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Rabbi Lyon's Blog - 02_22_2013
02/21/2013 07:00 AM Posted by:

From the Desk of Rabbi David Lyon
February 22, 2013

 

                A Purim dream: 14 Adar II 5773, Purim Day. I opened the newspaper and read all the headlines and the stories that followed them.

                The Israelis and Palestinians acknowledge the wisdom of a two-state solution and lay down their differences and their guns. Muslims are respected for their moderate and contemporary outlook. Jews are praised for their extraordinary contributions to world events and culture. Without bias or prejudice, representatives of the three Abrahamic religions sit down together and talk about common problems and world peace. At home fourteen thousand citizens in the city of Houston find permanent homes, and for the first time in years they don’t sleep at night on the streets. Education in America is preparing children to compete in the world in science and mathematics. Poverty is addressed by government, corporations, and the nation’s wealthiest members. Crime is down. Our nation’s citizens are meaningfully employed and save for their future. Government officials live up to their responsibilities. Democrats and Republicans unite in the interest of our nation’s future. Senior citizens anticipate quality of life as they age. Our nation’s infrastructure is repaired and replaced to make bridges, roads, and levees safe, once and for all. Hate crimes are down. Drug use is reduced. Abortion is a woman’s choice. The death penalty is abolished. Prison recidivism is at its lowest point in years. The President of the United States enjoys highest poll ratings ever. He hears the people; applies experience and wisdom; builds consensus among the parties and the nations. Immigration to America welcomes “your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore.”

                A Purim dream. It comes every year at this season. It turns the world upside-down. The powerful become weak, and the weak become powerful. Mordechai and Esther triumph and Haman swings from the gallows. For just one day, everything seems right. More than Shabbat, which is filled with hopes of a Messianic age, and more than the High Holydays, which introduce us to new responsibilities, Purim invites us into a world where everything looks upside-down, but everything feels right-side up.

This Purim, come and join us for some topsy-turvy fun.

 

Saturday, February 23rd, 6:30-8:00pm, in Margolis Gallery for Adult Purim: Vodka Tasting, Latke-Hamentaschen Debate, Megillah Reading and Purim Songs

Sunday, February 24th, 10:00, Sanctuary for Purim Megillah Reading, Songs, and Willy-Wonka Chocolate Purim Spiel followed by Purim Carnival in Wolff-Toomim Hall

 

Purim isn’t just a silly holiday. It makes the impossible seem possible; and it turns the unreal into reality, even if it’s only for a day.

Happy Purim and Shabbat Shalom.

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